Buhmann on Art
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | FRANK STELLA: RECENT WORK Marking the acclaimed artist’s second solo show with the gallery, this installation features 14 works from two series: “Scarlatti K” and “Circus.” Both reflect Stella’s career-long engagement with expanding the means of abstraction to create and redefine space. The works are made of entwined central resin forms (made using 3-D printing technology) with seemingly tensile metal pipes and rods that provide an overall sense of dynamism.
While “Scarlatti K” pays homage to the work of musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911-1984), the “Circus” series, Stella’s newest body of work, is an ambitious contemplation of a world somewhat dreamlike and playful.
Through Feb. 22, at Peter Freeman, Inc. (140 Grand St., btw. Crosby & Lafayette Sts.). Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-966-5154 or visit peterfreemaninc.com.
Curated by Jim Osman, this show features six sculptors, who all utilize color to express form in distinct and personal ways. They draw on a range of sources from tools to landscape and architecture. Monti and Porcaro add color to their casting materials. Beach and Doyle apply paint to built forms. Salmanson and Urkowitz turn to materials that have inherent color. Through casting, painting and found color, these artists find innovative ways to leverage hue and form into unified works of art.
Through Feb. 23, at FiveMyles (Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin, then ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place.). Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 1-6pm. Call 718-783-4438 or visit fivemyles.org.
DUSTIN HODGES: LATE STICK STYLE
The title of the show refers to a fictional “late” moment of a 19th century tendency in American wood architecture. The Stick Style refers to a loose agglomeration of ideas, values and tendencies. Along these lines, the exhibition features a constructed kiosk for example, whose outside walls are made of freehand observational paintings of houseplants. In addition, a series of “Ruler Drawings,” following the logic and precision of architectural drawings, and “Oyster Style Drawings” that are calligraphic and expressive in nature, are on display.
Through Feb. 23, at Miguel Abreu Gallery (36 Orchard St., btw. Canal & Hester Sts.). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11am-6:30pm or by appointment. Call 212-995-1774 or visit miguelabreugallery.com.
THRUSH HOLMES: ALL LIT UP ON WINE
Splaying wood panels with exuberant spray paint and slapdash neon tubing, Holmes’ radical methods invigorate otherwise rather traditional subjects like still lifes and reclining nudes. While gesture and crystallized forms dominate the compositions, keyed-up frames in fluorescent hues and brilliant lights add a post-Pop touch of extravagance. In Holmes, the banal receives an almost fetishistic make over worth re-discovering.
Through March 1, at Mike Weiss Gallery (520 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-691-6899 or visit mikeweissgallery.com.